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New partnership to bring open data to developing countries | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

New partnership to bring open data to developing countries | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The World Bank has joined forces with the Open Data Institute and the Open Knowledge Foundation in a 3-year project designed to help policy makers and citizens in developing countries understand and exploit the benefits of open data. 

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Open Government in a Digital Age | EngagingCities

Open Government in a Digital Age | EngagingCities | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The following essay was submitted to the Alliance for Innovation by Jonathan Reichental (Chief Information Officer of the City of Palo Alto) and Sheila Tucker (Assistant to the City Manager) as part of the 2013 Transforming Local Government Conference. The essay summarizes work done at the City that resulted in the Thomas H. Muehlenback Award for Excellence in Local Government.

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Geojournalism Handbook | Tutorials on environmental reporting

Geojournalism Handbook | Tutorials on environmental reporting | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The story of this handbook starts with a group of environmental journalists from different countries who were covering conferences like Copenhagen in 2009 and felt that a new approach for the issue was needed. Editors and the public seemed to have lost their interest with a hunch of disappointment in face of so many failures on environmental politics.

 

At same time, measurements by satellites and researchers on the ground have never stopped producing relevant information for our everyday life. Inspired by the freshness of the data journalism movement, we realize there was space for those who deal with the geodata and that using principles of design and data visualization could remake the bridge to the public’s mind.

 

This handbook is based on an experience of many of these professionals on building their platforms of information both on prestigious media outlets and as independent knowledge brokers. The project is above all and attempt to increase the number of professionals in journalism familiarized with the geodata and capable of coordinate initiatives of interactive visualizations.

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Harvard Open Access Project

Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) was launched in the fall of 2011 to foster OA within Harvard, foster OA beyond Harvard, undertake research and policy analysis on OA, and provide OA to timely and accurate information about OA itself.

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Live blogging - #okcon - Session: Open Science

Live blogging - #okcon - Session: Open Science | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
My notes, apologies for any mistakes. Session: From Open Data to Open Science: Policy, Literacy and Citizen Engagement Moderator: Francois Grey, Citizen Cyberscience Centre/ University of Geneva Wh...
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Kuan0: Data protection law: basic guide & info (including for open data / big data startups)

Kuan0: Data protection law: basic guide & info (including for open data / big data startups) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This is a 1-page basic guide to data protection law, particularly relevant to open data / big data in cases where the data processed involve 'personal data'.

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Data Storytelling Takes Center Stage at OKCon in Geneva | Idea Lab | PBS

Data Storytelling Takes Center Stage at OKCon in Geneva | Idea Lab | PBS | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The biannual Open Knowledge Conference, the world’s leading event in open knowledge, is taking place this week in Geneva.

 

This year’s OKCon asks: How can open data become a deeper part of public life? Citizen data explorers and investigators are crucial — that is why a full track of events will cover evidence and stories, exploring open data in advocacy and journalism.

 

 

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Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) | SPARC

Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) | SPARC | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) brings together representatives from North American universities with established faculty open access policies and those in the process of developing such policies. It was formed to share information and experiences and to illuminate opportunities for moving faculty-led open access forward at member institutions and advocating for open access nationally and internationally.  COAPI will offer a collection of best and evolving practices to act as a roadmap for inspiring, promoting and implementing open access polices at institutions without existing or effective open access policies.

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Open, Education | Phil Barker

Open, Education | Phil Barker | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

"This is a longish summary of a presentation I gave recently, covering why I was talking, the spectrum of openness, the ways of being open, the range of activities involved in education and how open things might apply to those activities. You may want to skim through until something catches your eye"

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Advice for Middle-Age Seekers of MOOCs, Part 2

Advice for Middle-Age Seekers of MOOCs, Part 2 | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Professor Davidson, besides teaching a class, “Making Data Matter,” co-directing the Ph.D. Lab in Digital Knowledge and holding two distinguished chairs, is a co-founder of the Humanities, Arts, Technology and Science Alliance and Collaboratory (Hastac), which describes itself as “a network of innovators dedicated to new forms of learning for the digital age.” She was appointed in 2012 by President Obama to the National Council on the Humanities and is co-director of the annual MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions. Her 20 books include “Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn” (Viking, 2011).

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LifeSize UVC Video Center - MOOCs and Open Access Education

It has been more than two years since massive open online courses (or, as most of us refer to as MOOCs) have entered the higher education scene, resulting in a whirlwind of new developments in the delivery, as well as the perceptions of higher education. As more individuals around the world have embraced MOOCs (nearly 4 million on Cousera alone), institutions of higher education, administrators, and faculty have been prompted to rethink how education is managed and delivered through such platforms. Michael Lenox, associate dean and executive director of the Batten Institute, Samuel L. Slover research professor of business at the Darden School of Business, and expert in the domain of technology strategy and policy. This episode's discussion focuses on the challenges and opportunities that MOOCs and other technological advancements in education present to business schools, including program delivery, implications for institutional strategy, branding, financial and revenue models, and more.

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Open data for accountable governance: Is data literacy the key to citizen engagement?

Open data for accountable governance: Is data literacy the key to citizen engagement? | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

How can technology connect citizens with governments, and how can we foster, harness, and sustain the citizen engagement that is so essential to anti-corruption efforts?

UNDP has worked on a number of projects that use technology to make it easier for citizens to report corruption to authorities:

Serbia’s SMS corruption reporting in the health sectorMontenegro’s ‘be responsible app’Kosovo’s online corruption reporting site kallxo.com

These projects are showing some promising results, and provide insights into how a more participatory, interactive government could develop.

At the heart of the projects is the ability to use citizen generated data to identify and report problems for governments to address.

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How working with open data can help your charity do incredible things

How working with open data can help your charity do incredible things | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Open data, big data, raw data: if you only have a vague idea of what these are or how they are relevant to your organisation, then you're not alone.

As the Open Data and Charities report from the Nominet Trust puts it, "The understanding, use and publishing of open data within the third sector is still very much in its infancy. Many organisations are unaware of the open government data resources that are now available to them."

The report concludes that better use of data – namely the statistical information held by local and central government, multilateral institutions, private firms and NGOs – could see just about any charity improve its research, intelligence and planning capacity.

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York region. Open Data

York region. Open Data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Open Data Pilot provides various spatial geographic information system (GIS) data to the public at no charge. The data is accessible from the Open Data Catalogue.

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All About Open Data: Open Data in Practice: Day One

All About Open Data: Open Data in Practice: Day One | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The first day included 8 hours with short breaks for coffee. Our class of 12 people listened to a few lectures and learned about the world of open data (Discovering Data on the Web). The lectures led by David Tarrant of the University of Southampton were lively and moved along at a brisk pace.

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OCLC partnership with Plum Analytics uses WorldCat to measure impact of research

OCLC has established a partnership with Plum Analytics, an altmetrics organization that develops analytical tools for scholars and researchers, to leverage WorldCat data to help researchers better analyze and measure the impact of their work.

 

Plum Analytics provides a set of tools and services that capture, aggregate and synthesize the big data created from resources, including journal articles, books, videos, presentations and datasets, to characterize how research is used and referenced in various communities.

OCLC partnership with Plum Analytics uses WorldCat to measure impact of research
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Worldwide Open Data Sites | DataRemixed

Worldwide Open Data Sites | DataRemixed | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Hi, it’s been a while since I posted last! The Tableau Public team has been busy launching author profiles (here’s mine) and expanding the free application’s data limit from 100k rows to 1M rows, so I haven’t posted very often this summer. After wrapping up another project I’m working on, I’ll pick it back up again here at DataRemixed.

 

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a handy dandy tool that helps users find Open Data sites around the world.

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How to use open data to connect local government with the public

How to use open data to connect local government with the public | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Open data is the idea that certain data should be freely available for everyone to use and republish as they wish. The philosophy behind open data has been long established, but the term itself is relatively new and it is gaining popularity.

 

An increasing number of platforms where people can openly share information have been developing, such as GitHub, where you can share codes and other ideas for open source programming, and WikiHouse, an open source construction set which lets you build your own home from online templates.

 

Here are a few examples of how open data is being used by local government.

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Dave Winer: How can universities educate journo-programmers?

Dave Winer: How can universities educate journo-programmers? | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Two New York journalist-teaching universities, NYU and Columbia, have launched programs to create what Justin Ellis calls “the journo-programmer.”

At NYU, my colleague and podcast partner, Jay Rosen, is leading the effort withStudio 20. Columbia hired Emily Bell from The Guardian to lead the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

I visited with Bell recently, and of course we talked largely about the journo-programmer. My own interest in this area comes from the development of blogging, RSS, and podcasting software, and booting up the blogging activity at Harvard Law School in the early and mid 2000s.

 

So…what is a journo-programmer, and how might higher education create one? Or is it a god-given gift, and is our job merely to develop the talent where it already exists? Can you teach a programmer to be a writer, or a writer to be a programmer? It seems the first step is to ask people who have already made the journey — from both directions.

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Open Data Census: Help assess the state of open government data | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Open Data Census: Help assess the state of open government data | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Open Data Census is a tool that assesses the evolution and current state of open data around the world. It is a community-based effort initiated and coordinated by the Open Knowledge Foundation but with participation from many different groups or individuals: Citizens in countries all over the world contribute either by going to the site to submit information about their home country, or by becoming a Country Editor! 

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Web Foundation To Co-Lead New OGP Open Data Working Group

Today, we’re pleased to announce that the Web Foundation, on behalf of the Global Open Data Initiative, will co-chair a new thematic working group, focused upon open data, within the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Our co-chair will be the Government of Canada.  This is an important development in our ongoing work to harness the opportunities created by opening government data.

 

These working groups will provide practical ways for participants to share experiences, expertise, and lessons learned, as well as identify opportunities for targeted technical assistance and peer exchange. Each group will convene an initial in-person meeting at the OGP Annual Summit in London in October. At these open meetings, each working group will seek consensus on priority areas of engagement. Thereafter, participants are expected to actively collaborate through in-person and virtual sessions.

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Beyond Property Rights: Thinking About Moral Definitions of Openness

Beyond Property Rights: Thinking About Moral Definitions of Openness | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

It is hard for Westerners to realize just how much we take for granted about intellectual property, and in particular, how much the property owner’s perspective--be it a corporation, government or creative artist--is embedded in our view of the world as the natural order of things.

 

While sharing and copying technologies are disrupting some of the ways we understanding “content,” when you visit a non-Western country like India, the spectrum of choices become broader. There is less timidity wrestling with questions like: should poor farmers pay inflated prices for patented genetically-engineered seeds? How long should patents be given for life-saving medicines that cost more than many make in a year? Should Indian universities spend millions on academic journals and articles? In the United States or other rich countries we may weigh both sides of these questions--the rights of the owner vs. the moral rights of the user--but there’s no question people elsewhere, such as in India, weigh them different given the questions of life and death or of poverty and development.

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The Hunt for Open Data in China

The Hunt for Open Data in China | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Like water and oil, ‘open data’ and ‘China’ are words that take a bit of engineering if you want them to mix. Stories like those of human rights advocate Xu Zhiyong, arrested for rallying citizens to demand public disclosure of their officials’ wealth, are more the norm.

 

But rather than ask for information, a group of young techies are going out and finding it, despite the challenges in its use and the risks of digging too deep.

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Open Data Tourism Hack-at-home

Open Data Tourism Hack-at-home | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Build an app to help cities manage their challenges related to tourism and win great prizes!The new Open Data Tourism Hack at home, part of the Open Cities project, brings together two important themes of the smart city - open data and sensor networks - and uses them to help European cities find new ways to manage the big challenges and benefits of tourism today. Check out the problems described in the briefing and the data provided in our platforms and get started!!
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Procurement Open Data Guidelines

Procurement Open Data Guidelines | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Sunlight Foundation has created this set of guidelines to help shape how governments release data on their procurement process. More transparency in procurement can reduce corruption, make procurement more efficient and effective, and allow for more accountability.

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